Laktating Yak is Houston’s first and only Zeuhl band, and they have released the debut Origin Of The Yak. Laktating Yak is a new Avant-Garde Prog/ Zeuhl band and the music features violin and dueling saxophones as elements of their eclectic sound. The musical influences include Magma, Frank Zappa, Univers Zero, Henry Cow, Samla Mammas Mana, and many more.
Yaks are known for their hardy constitution, serene demeanor and rich milk. During the most dire and desperate circumstances of mountain expeditions, it is said that the yak has an equable presence of balminess for human beings. Even the greatest fears humans experience are relinquished by the Tsak of The Yak. The smell of yak’s milk replenishes spiritual vitality as well as erectile dysfunction leading to a path of Hidden Yak Fantasy. Once the yak’s milk is consumed, it chemically interacts with human anatomy in a similar fashion to adrenaline, minimizing the follies of The Errorist in an expedition.
The Invokation Of The Yak unto a mountain expedition is a two part process. This occurs before and after the expedition. Prior to the Invokation, a Summoning (of Yak) is conducted by a didgeridoo master. There is still no explanation for the consistent arrival of only the heaviest cow in the region. Upon it’s arrival, the yak will be milked by the youngest member of the group while the didgeridoo continues to swell at the hands of the eldest member. This milk is intended for immediate consumption by all participants, ensuring a safe journey. The amount of milk that is harvested is a direct reflection of the metaphysical bounty the journey will bestow upon each participant. If the milk is spilled or wasted, it is believed that a Stampede Of Yak will ensue, resulting in an earthquake of ferocious magnitude.
The origin of the yak is unknown to mortals however there is a fabled story, among elder sherpas in the Nepalese region of the Himalayas, that has been passed down for thousands of years. This legend is shared through a musical context…
Laktating Yak started in Houston Texas, about three years ago. The name was from a list of many names, and was chosen because it made them laugh. The band started out with Charlie Bryan and Tobin Armstrong (guitar and bass), with initial ideas for the songs. Then Angel Garcia (drummer) who moved to Texas from Puerto Rico joined the band, and the three of them fleshed out the arrangements more. Then Charlie Anderson came in, and yes two Charlies!). Anderson added violin ideas to all of the songs, and contributed to the engineering ideas for the record. The four of us musicians united by their love for the amazing band Magma, who they saw all together in Austin Texas (Magma`s only ever Texas show!)
Then two saxophones came in – Edgar Quintana, and Danny Kamins. The band began to rehearse for a live show in May of 2017, pushing themselves to conceptualize the songs as completely as possible. They got together in December of 2017 and rapidly recorded the release in about a week and a half, taking the next year to do careful overdubs. The brother of Charlie Anderson, Henry came in as a guest to add didgeridoo and other indigenous Australian instruments. An opera singer, Jocelyn Tara Hunt, came in to add her voice over some parts, and the band knew that the album was conceptually complete.
The music has a humorous edge to it, even in all of its darkness. The artwork was done by Anderson`s friend Adam Elkhadem, and he is completing an inner gatefold piece as well, for the vinyl release.